Sunday, August 19, 2012

Vazhakkai podi

Big raw plantains                       2
Tur dal                                       2 Tablespoons
Urad dal                                    1 Tablespoon
Red chillies                                5
Oil                                              1 Tsp
Asafoetida                                  /4 tsp
Salt                                            To taste

Mature, firm, raw plantains work best for this recipe.
Roast the raw plantains on direct flame ( Gas, coal) till their skin is completely black. Let it cool, remove skin and in a vessel crumble the flesh inside.
Fry tur dal, urad dal and red chillies in oil, Add hing and salt and grind into a coarse powder in a mixer.
Add crumbled plantains and pulse for a few more seconds till they mix well with the spice powder.
Vazakkai Podi is ready.
Serve with hot rice and ghee or gingelly(Sesame) oil. Vathal kuzambu or Milagu kuzambu is a great accompaniment along with fried appalam/pappadam.

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